Kuumba Festival 2017 Schedule of Events


“Uplifting the power of creativity”


In loving memory of Nkechi Ajanaku

 

 

Thursday, June 22nd,

 

6:00pm - KUUMBA FESTIVAL kicks off with “Seeding the Garden of the Mind” Celebrating Kuumba Kamp participants and parents at                 Haley Heritage Square,

 

 

Friday, June 23rd, Market Square

 

12:00 noon - The Kuumba Marketplace will open the day's event with food and merchandise vendors from all over the country.  

 

1:00 - 2:30pm African Dance workshop - Free to the Public

 

2:30 - 5:00pm - Local talent showcase

 

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Taria Person will Bless the stage on Market Square with Poetry and spoken word mixed with classic


music and positive Hip hop

 

6:00pm - The JUNKANU (Parade) featuring festival participants, Stilt Walker, Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Company.           


Beginning on Cumberland and market Street to the Market Square stage.

 

6:30pm - Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village Extravaganza.   

 

8:00pm - Live Concert: featuring Cobalt Blue / enjoy soulful sounds of Reggae and conscious hip-hop From Nashville, Tn


 

 

Saturday, June 24th, Morningside Park

 

12:00pm - 10:00pm -  Enjoy the African Market Place with traditional crafts, clothing, and foods.

World Children's Village with Inflatable Jump Houses

 

1:00pm -2:30pm -African Dance workshop - Free to the Public

 

2:30 - 3:30pm - Power words workshop with Taria Person

 

3:30pm - 5:00pm - Bring your children for lots of fun and Games with The Game Truck

 

3:30pm - 6:00pm - Local talent showcase at the Morningside Park Stage

 

6:00pm - 7:30pm Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village Extravaganza.

 

 

8:00pm - 10:00pm - Live Concert - Featuring Daje Morris and Band

at the Haley Heritage Square Stage.

 

8:00pm - 10:00pm: Party in The Park with DJ Swift featuring live Entertainment

At the Morningside Park Stage.

 

Sunday June 26th, Morningside Park

 

12:00pm - 10:00pm:  Relish in the cultural spirit of the African Marketplace with traditional crafts,

clothing, and foods. World Children's Village with Inflatable Jump Houses

 

1:00pm -2:30pm African Dance workshop - Free to the Public

 

2:30pm - 5:30pm Local talent showcase

 

6:00pm - 7:30pm Kuumba Watoto Dance and Drum Village extravaganza.

 

8:00pm - 10:00pm Tribute Concert for Nkechi Ajanaku  

featuring, Jazz Artist Kelly Jolly














*****Our Mission*****



 To be the vehicle for African and African American  culture and arts  expression in Knoxville, Tennessee. 


****History****

The Kuumba Festival is presented by African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. (AAAA), an arts organization that focuses on positive social and community development by utilizing creative methods of education through cultural artistic programming and development. The Kuumba Festival (KUUMBA means Creativity in Key Swahili) was started in 1989 by local Knoxville artists and community activists who were looking to showcase local African American art and artists for the sole purpose of sharing, educating and exposing rich cultural art forms to the Knoxville community. This event gives African American Appalachian Arts Inc.(AAAA) an avenue to reach out and service the Greater Knoxville community through the offering of cultural arts activities. KUUMBA Festival is located in three primary locations including: Market Square/Downtown, Haley Heritage Square, and Morningside Park.






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